Study Shows Increase in Michigan Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

May 21, 2013 |
Study Shows Increase in Michigan Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

A recent examination of reports filed in relation with Michigan Car Accidents shows there is an increase in the number of collisions caused by distracted driving. What is interesting, though, is that the cause of distraction may not always be cellphone use.

According to an article from M Live, researchers looked at the causes listed in all traffic accidents recorded in the state last year. They found roughly 5,000 collisions were the result of a driver not paying attention.

One particular crash was highlighted in the story. Last year, a 24-year-old man in Kalamazoo County was killed when a vehicle ran a stop sign and struck his commercial truck. Investigators determined the driver responsible for the crash had been texting on a cellphone. The same driver had been involved in another accident caused by the same behavior just three months earlier.

While cellphone use is the most widely recognized form of distracted driving, experts say the behavior is declining. But that doesn't mean distracted driving numbers are down. Research indicates that while accidents caused by cellphone use dropped nine percent last year, accidents caused by other distractions rose 11 percent.

The Michigan Personal Injury Attorneys with Michigan Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers of distracted driving and urge all motorists to focus on the road when behind the wheel of a vehicle.